A round-up of news and views relating to Liverpool over the past 24 hours.
"He's shown in particular over the last few weeks since re-joining the group that with his power, his pace, his quality and his finishing that I believe he can be up there,” said Rodgers.
"He needs numbers this year because that's important for him. He needs to score goals and create goals - if he does that, while working hard, I think England will have one of the top strikers in the Premier League.”
Rodgers refused to discuss Luis Suarez’s future, saying he wanted to focus on the players he did have available for this weekend’s Premier League match with Stoke City. Suarez is banned for the first six games of the season, and Rodgers said he would not speak about the wantaway striker until he returns from his suspension.
There is speculation elsewhere that Suarez will hold talks with Rodgers this week, and that the striker is increasingly resigned to staying at Anfield this summer. Liverpool have made it clear from the start of the saga that they wanted to keep Suarez, and both Rodgers and owner John Henry have recently said he will not be sold.
Christian Eriksen’s agent Martin Schoots has handed both Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur a blow in their pursuit of the player by saying he would only move to a Champions League club. Eriksen himself recently seemed to indicate he would be open to a move to Spurs.
Martin Skrtl is keen to beat off competition from new signing Kolo Toure to claim a starting place for Liverpool this season. The defender, who has been linked with a move to Napoli this summer, also said he was ready for the start of the season.
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